Monday, 31 March 2008
Regardless of how basic the essence of a car is they can be regarded as accessories. Although a Skoda Octavia can effortlessly transport a family of four people from A to B, some people still chose to buy a fully loaded Mercedes C 200. One can off course argue that the Benz is more comfortable but there are those who will buy a premium car because it makes them feel better and look more “wealthy” in the eyes of the world.
Don’t be fold by the guy parking a Porsche Boxter by the mall, a car never tells the full story about a person’s financial situation because there are many young men who roll around in a spanking new Golf GTI……………………..but live in a constrained room in their mom’s apartment. It’s a status symbol we are willing to sacrifice a lot for and I guess that you fashion conscious men out there care more about the design of a car than the average Joe, right? After all a car is a design item which reflects ones taste the same way as a watch does. Below here is a list of new cars which perfect for the cautious modern man.
Audi stunned the world with their revolutionizing TT which instantaneously became a hit. A particular group of people who fell for it were the young and trendy people working in big cities. Those were mainly stylists, female boutique owners, metrosexual men and it didn’t take long until the car was stamped as a “hair dresser mobile”.
Two years ago the second generation TT was born and is less claustrophobic than the, a masculine tone in the form of more shaper lines and a sportier character than its predecessor. In other words the car isn’t as sissy as the SLK and the top of the line version TT-S(pictured) is even more aggressive. What makes it a favorite of mine is its high level of aesthetic appeal. There is nothing to fault in the design and it captures your attention like a holographic image. Exceptionally well designed car and the ultimate choice for someone who is looking for a "cool" car.
Cult classics like the Mini, Fiat 500 and VW Beetle are universally loved by everyone and a new generation always equal to sales success. Italian car maker Alfa Romeo wants some cuddly lover as well and has decided to do so by developing a cute car. The chosen name is Mi.To pronounced similar to “Me Too”, very catchy and is a must for car of this caliber.
At the moment information is scares but it’s due to hit the show room floors this year. Size wise it falls between the Mini Cooper and VW Golf and will come with a similar price tag as well. I suspect that the mature, Italian and sexy design will make it appeal to a slightly more mature than the Mini Cooper which can at times look a bit too goofy toy-ish.
Mercedes SL63 AMG
The Mercedes SL has a long life span and each generation tends to be on the market 11-13 years which is twice as long as the average car. This year the car reached it’s middle age and Mercedes’ design time have stunned with a dramatic facelift transforming the “uber dream car” from classy looking roadster to a aggressive jet fighter inspired sports cruisers.
SL63 featuring Mercedes’ new 6.2L torque beast of an engine, is replacing the SL55. Other new technical goodies are the MCT transmission which is a revision of their 7-Speed transmission but have been reworked to use a wet clutch discs instead of a torque converter. What does that mean for the non-technically inclined? Faster gear changes. As a Saturday boulevard shopping cruiser this car is perfect, it’s a convertible, it’s a Mercedes, it’s fast and there’s space for your best friend holding your chiwawa!
If there is a manufacturer who is doing everything right, it must be BMW. Right now they are on a high roll, the automotive journalists love their cars and sales are increasing at an impressive rate.
Mercedes sparked the trend of “four door coupes” with the CLS and many other manufacturers like Porsche and Audi are right behind preparing their additions to the trend. BMW have just limped in with the X6 which is an SUV with a coupe shaped roof. It’s strict four seater car which, with its compromised practicality, aimed at those who are willing to sacrifice style over usability. In other word it will not be an attractive trade-in for people who own an X5 with a 7 seaster configuration.
With the BMW signatures like the bold character line, kidney grills and “angle eyes”-head lights it will not be mistaken for anything else than a BMW. The huge ass, size and cheer width will guarantees attention in traffic.
Last but not least is one of my biggest obsessions at the moment, the Bentley Brooklands. Words cannot describe how perplexed I am by this car. If the Rolls Royce Phantom is an elephant then the Brooklands is a horse. The long and sleek profile accentuated by the classic contours and body lines along the sides of the car makes it the most exquisite car on the market oozing of Bentley’s commitment to bespoke quality.
The subtleness and reserved design makes it look more expensive than the rather ostentatious Phantom Coupe. Contrary to most two door coupes it has an incredibly generous backseat with enough leg room for anyone in the back to enjoy a long trip in comfort. Practicality does come at the cost of size and weight and this car is heavy as a British steam train with its 2600kg(approx 5200lb). Timeless and elegant this is a classic which will age beautifully.
Spring is here, the SS08 campaigns are in motion and SS08 collections have been up for grabs since February. It’s widely known that Kris Van Assche is the captain of the boat at DH following the dismissal of Hedi Slimane. Van Assche’s design direction is radically different from Hedi’s which made me anticipate a reshuffle this spring at all DH stores ranging from décor to the merchandise. But visits to all
Realistically a reshuffle happens over a few years since a new designer needs time to reinvent the brand. As a DH fan I had a chitty chat with a DH sales assistant and asked him whether DH’s jeans will de discontinued anytime soon. Thankfully the answer I got was positive, the jeans will remain on the shelves for an indefinite period of time. Hedi’s work for DH has been like a nuclear bomb, the long terms effects are more severe than the impact himself. He left DH as a martyr and has a big fan base of saluting followers on the internet.
The jeans have become a modern day classics and my Spiderman senses are telling me that they are here to stay, even Marc Jacobs wear them! To the average person they don’t look much than the average pair of premium jeans which is something is can’t object to because it true. But the magic is in the fit, it’s absolutely perfect. They are of the slim type but the fit isn’t tight or discomforting. What’s great as well is that they aren’t too narrow in thighs marking them very wearable for us mortals who don’t have tights the circumference of a 1.5L coca cola bottle.
As one would expect the Dior tag does come with a price tag commanding a premium price. The cheapest pair of basic blue/black jeans begins at €/$175 with the top of the line waxed and luster jeans setting you back just under €/$500. Except for the different width(17.5cm, 19 and 21cm) at the bottom of the jeans all of them pretty much have the same fit which is a fantastic concept. That alone with perfect fit the superb quality makes them worth the price. The absence of logos, monograms or embroidery on the pockets makes them very timeless and suitable for all occasions. I’m a happy owner of a pair, the feel of the materials and the fit is just as if they were new.
DH SS05 is probably one of Hedi’s best collections ever and is the ultimate exhibition of DH’s jeans.
After one year I feel that it’s time for my dark brown leather Mickey Mouse wallet to retire. I’ve simply out grown it and I bet that many of you have more cards than there are slots in your wallet. Really, most of the new cards we acquire are fall into the basket of cards we don’t need and my latest addition of useless cards is a free admission card to a casino and card for refilling my prepaid cellphone card. Despite that I somehow don’t want to leave them at home. It’s like the stickers on a laptop or a new camera, they serve no purpose, you can live without them but still decide to leave them on until eternity.
The biggest drawback of the majority of wallets(including mine) is that they lack a compartment for coins, leaving no choice but to drop coins in the left jeans pocket rattling together your keys. Those looking for a solution to this
imperative problem should look no further than this entry. Pictured above is a calf leather wallet from Felisi which can properly accommodate coins in its zipped compartment. Three slots gives plenty of space to shove down grouped cards. Naturally not everyone want to walk around with a hamburger sized wallet which is every man and woman should invest in a card case perfect for a party when one only needs to carry a drivers license and debit card.
I’ve seen a fair share of cool and just when you think that everything has been done, something unthinkable appears. Victor & Rolf are known for fashion shows using unorthodox props. They intriguing creativity is one of the reason they are well renowned and their latest store in
So what they have they done? They have designed a store with the entire interior upside down, i.e the floor is on the ceiling and vice versa. At first sight it delusional and after looking at more pictures one begin to grasp how crazy and outrages the idea really is. The facial expression on people passing by it and stopping up must be priceless. Spiders and ants walking on the ceiling must feel incredibly confused.